Sixty house plan for Weston estate


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SIXTY new homes could be built in Weston if plans are approved by North Somerset Council.

Johnstone Land Company wants outline planning permission to build the houses on a field off Wentwood Drive on the Oldmixon estate.

Up to 18 of the homes are likely to be social housing, but this will not be confirmed until after the proposal is granted planning permission.

The applicant will then negotiate with the council over the exact number of affordable houses.

Plans also include a meadow area, which would be located between the development and the adjacent site of nature conservation interest.

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The council’s flood risk management team has imposed a number of conditions on the site, as no plan for surface water has been submitted.

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Access to the site would be via Wentwood Drive – even though, the planning application describes driver views into Totterdown Lane from Wentwood Drive as ‘sub-standard’.

The application says: “Clearly, the development would intensify the level of traffic using this junction and as such it is appropriate to consider improvements to the sightlines.”

The applicant has suggested widening the pavements on Totterdown Lane, and introducing new pedestrian crossings.

The documents say: “As well as improving the sightline from Wentwood Drive, which would benefit existing users as well as those from the development, the proposal would also provide improved visibility from existing driveways, and would also provide a footway for those residents, both of which would be a benefit.”

Another outline planning application in nearby Bleadon Hill for 79 homes is in the process of being considered by the council.

Consultation is open until June 4 and it can be found on North Somerset Council’s planning portal under the reference 15/P/0983/O.

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